Our adaptive physical education teacher came to me yesterday asking about a Makey Makey! She wondered if I have ever heard of it and I say YES YES:)!!! I gave one a few years ago to a neighbor boy who was interested in building things. I asked him to bring it in for us to try! Her plan was to use this device to act as a "switch" for a student to use with the Wii to bowl, bat, etc.. as the student is able to hit a button but not grasp a controller. So, today, myself, Casey, and three other students set out to get this bugger working. It DOES NOT work with the Wii as the sensor control doesn't catch it - however - it DOES work perfectly with a computer!
Basically, the Makey Makey is a control board that allows you to use the space bar or click on your computer by tapping an object you have alligator wired to the circuit. In the picture above, for example, a student created a Pac Man joystick using the directions on the circuit. He drew a directional pad on the piece of paper with pencil for a current flow, and he simply taps the piece of paper now to move Pac Man around on the screen instead of the arrow keys. This is going to work BEAUTIFULLY with the student for OT, as she will be able to do things on the computer by tapping an apple, banana, or a piece of paper with a penciled in shape. The kiddos "playing" with it in the library this morning LOVED it - you will, too:)! And, at a price of only $50, it's affordable enough for trying out at least. The possibilities are endless - check out the link above for more ideas!!
Happy Tuesday, all